DIY Auto Detailing: How to Clean Car Carpet and Floor Mats

Taking care of your car’s carpeting and floor mats can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the vehicle. Crumbs, dirt, and trash can easily accumulate on the floor of your car. Fortunately, cleaning car mats and carpeting is a simple element of auto detailing that you can do on your own. Here are some tips on how to clean car carpet quickly and easily:

Before you start, pick up any objects lying on the carpet. Make sure to pick up all important small objects and loose change. Your car should be as empty and organized as possible before you begin cleaning. You should also take out the floor mats and shake off any dirt or crumbs. Then, vacuum the entire carpet with a handheld vacuum. Make sure to vacuum under the pedals, under and around the seats, and in any other crevices.

Once the floor is completely free of dirt, you can focus on the carpet. Search for any stains or spills, and try diluting the spill with a small amount of cold water and blot it with a towel. For best results, use 303® Spot Cleaner. 303® Spot Cleaner is a premium cleaner formulated to remove the most difficult carpet and upholstery stains. 303® utilizes a proprietary blend of sequester agents, surfactants and hyper-wetting agents to lift and suspend oil, grease and dirt to be easily wiped or rinsed away. It is completely safe for use on all water-safe fabrics to quickly remove even the most difficult stains. And unlike soaps, detergents and other cleaning products, 303® Spot Cleaner rinses away completely leaving NO residue.

For most effective results, treat stains immediately. Start by testing a small area for colorfastness. If color is affected, do not use. Spray entire area with 303® Spot Cleaner until damp. Blot or rub area with a clean damp cloth, rinsing out cloth as required. If necessary, repeat until stain is completely removed. Avoid rings by cleaning the entire section where the stain occurred. Do not mix 303® Spot Cleaner with bleach or use with any other household cleaner.

While waiting for the carpet to dry, you can clean the floor mats. Like cleaning the carpet, cleaning car mats is a simple process. First, vacuum the mats with a handheld vacuum. Then, spray with 303® Multi-Surface Cleaner™ which quickly removes even the most stubborn spots from coffee, oil, grease and ink from virtually any material or surface. It will work great on your rubber or plastic floor mats! Be sure to hang the mats up to dry so both sides can dry quickly.

For preventative care, 303® Stain Guard for Auto Fabrics & Carpets helps prevent stains and repels liquids caused by: hot coffee, soda spills, food, pet stains, and everyday dirt and mud.  It is safe to use on your fabric seats, as well as the carpets/fabric floor mats of your vehicle.

Sometimes auto detailing can be a boring and difficult task. However, washing the floor of your car should be stress-free and easy if you follow the right steps for cleaning your car’s carpet. Overall, a clean car carpet can make your car feel cleaner and fresher, making the time you spend driving much more enjoyable.

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